In the past few years, nearly every fabric designer — including us — has come out with a black and white fabric line. Now the Smithsonian has published a fascinating article on the history of black and white fabric in the US. Who knew that black and white fabrics came into vogue as a result of President Woodrow Wilson’s marriage coinciding with the start of World War I, which created a dye shortage in the US? It’s a fascinating read and shows us once again that the cultural and geo-political history of fabric is full of surprises.
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Thanks! I wish someone would reprint those Bolling Crest designs!
Really? You like the ants?! Wouldn’t be my choice of motif…
Thanks….this IS facinating, at the time we are thinking about the Pantone color of the year phenomemon, etc. I love the color card. Maybe, ….just maybe….in my next life I will be a color namer! Hope you are well, Weeks.